Author: Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D.
This is a new translation, with an extensive commentary, of the Katha Upanishad. It is a dialogue between an accomplished master, Yamaraja, and an ardent seeker, Nachiketa. Their burning desire for unveiling the mysteries of life enabled them to invest all their resources--physical, mental, and spiritual--in the pursuit to live and not to die.
Step-by-step, testing Nachiketa's preparedness for the highest truth, Yamaraja ultimately imparts Brahma vidya, the science and knowledge of the highest truth, on his student. This science, according to the scriptures, is absolute and transcendental--the essence of our soul. In order to receive this gift we learn the steps necessary to prepare ourselves: how to cultivate a clear, calm, and tranquil mind, release the grip of our desires, shake off our inertia, and nurture a compassionate heart.